An MSN Prepares Nurses for Jobs in the Family Nurse Practitioner Field

September 26, 2019

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Healthcare is expected to add four million jobs to the economy by 2026. The healthcare industry has already passed retail to become the largest employer in the United States. One of the professions driving that growth is family nurse practitioner.

In a report on projected job growth between 2016 and 2026, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) listed nurse practitioner as one of the 10 fastest-growing jobs in the country. Job growth in the profession is expected to reach 31% by 2026.

Wisconsin is one of the states expected to see big growth in the profession. Marian University is seeking to meet the need for family nurse practitioner education, offering the Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner track. The university offers the degree through a hybrid program that combines online and on-campus learning.

“The need for family nurse practitioners across Wisconsin is only going to increase in the coming years,” said Kimberly A. Udlis, associate dean and chief nurse administrator for the Marian University Nursing Department. “At Marian, we’re striving to fill that need with a graduate program that offers future family nurse practitioners the education they need to succeed.”

Nurse Practitioner Growth

The report from the BLS found that in the next 10 years, five of the top 10 fastest-growing jobs in the country will be in healthcare. That includes Nurse Practitioners.

Considering jobs across the nation, the number of nurse practitioners is expected to grow 31%. That translates into more than 64,000 people entering the profession as practitioners, midwives, and anesthetists.

In Wisconsin, the number of nurse practitioners is expected to increase a staggering 26.6%. The job provides a stable income in addition to rapid job growth. The mean annual salary for the position in Wisconsin is $106,790. The top 25% of those in the profession earn $120,840 a year.

Growth is being driven by the aging of the population, a trend that will continue over the next several decades. As Baby Boomers and older Gen Xers reach their retirement years, more healthcare services will be required.

What You Learn in an MSN Program

The Marian University MSN program combines online learning with a small classroom learning component at the school’s Center for Health Professions in Fond du Lac. The 46-credit Family Nurse Practitioner program is offered for both full-time and part-time students.

The hybrid nature of the programs means that working nurses who enter the program can spend less time on campus. That gives them more flexibility in achieving their educational goals and earning a master’s degree.

Graduates from the Family Nurse Practitioner program are prepared to work in a primary care setting. The program includes both didactic coursework and preceptor-focused, faculty-guided clinical experiences with partnering healthcare providers in the area.

The nurse practitioner field is growing quickly. Even beyond the next decade, the future looks promising as more people require healthcare services. Earning an MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner track can open the door to the best jobs in this growing profession.